Anti-Financial Crime Symposium – Nordics

  • When:Thursday, 16 November 2017
  • Where:Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Venue: Scandic Copenhagen
    Vester Søgade 6
    Copenhagen V, Denmark

This full-day event focuses on the ever-changing face of financial crime prevention in the Nordics.

  • In the wake of the FATF evaluations, we will consider how national AML regulations will be changing, and what differences might arise between countries in the region.
  • Study real life examples with active AML practitioners – all experts in their fields. We’ll cover practical challenges like navigating the intersection between business unit and compliance functions, managing business interactions with close associates of PEPS, and the unique conditions that exist when handling virtual currencies or crowdfunding platforms.
  • Finally, we’ll examine how organisations are tackling the real and present danger of returning foreign fighters – learn how to spot red flags, and when to act.


8:15 – 9:00 Registration and networking breakfast
9:00 Keynote Address
9:15 The road ahead: FATF evaluations and the future of Anti-Financial Crime in the Nordics
10:15 – 10:45 Networking and refreshment break
10:45 Playing well with others: aligning the needs of business managers and the Anti-Financial Crime compliance function
11:45 Owls in the bog: PEPs, close associates and how to identify possible bribery and corruption
12:45 Interactive Q&A
13:00 – 14:00 Networking lunch
14:00 Landing between two chairs: dispelling myths around innovative financial products and services and financial crime risks
15:00 – 15:15 Networking and refreshment break
15:15 No smoke without fire: returning foreign fighters and disrupting terrorist financing in Europe
16:15 Closing remarks
16:30 – 17:15 Networking session

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Keynote Speaker

Kim Klarskov Jeppesen


Kim Klarskov Jeppesen is professor of auditing and head of the Master of Accounting and Auditing program at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. His research interest is in auditing in general, and he has published research on private, as well as public sector auditing, internal auditing, and fraud related issues. At the symposium, he will present the results of two fraud related research projects. The first is a survey of Danish State Authorized Auditors’ experience with the existence of corporate psychopaths among their clients, published in Journal of Financial Crime in 2016. The second is an ongoing project that explores the reasons for auditors’ reluctance to address corruption and analyze auditing’s potential to play a more prominent role in the fight against corruption.

Moderator Faculty

Kieran Beer
  • Kieran Beer

  • Chief Analyst/Director of Editorial


Mr. Beer has been the editor-in-chief and editorial director for ACAMS since January 2007.

Prior to that, he was executive editor of Bloomberg Wealth Manager, a trade magazine for financial advisers to wealthy individuals, and he served as a staff writer for Bloomberg Markets Magazine. Mr. Beer has been a financial journalist for more than 20 years, beginning his career at Institutional Investor, where he worked as a reporter and editor in the newsletter division and was a contributor to Institutional Investor magazine. He served as editor-in-chief of The Bond Buyer, founding editor of Thomson Municipal News/The Bond Buyer Wire and as the editor of the American Banker.

Mr. Beer writes a column and periodically reports on money laundering and bank compliance. He has served as a panelist and moderator at industry conferences, appeared on CNN, CNBC, WCBS, and spoken on NPR and Bloomberg radio (WBBR).

Julia Boe Jensen


Julia Boe Jensen is a Customer Due Diligence Expert at Nordea Bank AB. She was hired in 2015 to perform risk assessment of biggest corporate clients of Nordea. Her tasks include CDD and KYC, risk evaluation of business relationships, de- risking, sanctions, PEPs and transactions screening.

Prior to joining Nordea, Julia B. Jensen worked as a Senior Settlements Specialist in Danske Bank and was responsible for settlement in Emerging Markets and monitoring of equities transactions that may violate anti-money laundering (AML).

Julia is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering specialist (CAMS). Julia has a law degree from Vilnius University, holds diploma in social sciences from Roskilde University and diploma in political studies from Lund University.

Marie Lundberg


Marie Lundberg is the founder and CEO of Acronym Consulting AB, based in Stockholm, Sweden. She is a financial crime specialist with more than 22 years of experience within the financial sector, including investment firms, large internet banks, payment service providers, traditional and private banking. Her area of expertise includes anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, customer due diligence, sanctions and counter terrorism financing. She is a firm believer of using analytics and the importance of knowing and understanding your data to help combat financial crime, as one of many other tools. Marie has extensive international experience, working mainly in the Nordics, northern Europe and the UK. She is Co-chair and founding member of the ACAMS Nordics Chapter. She is also a certified fraud examiner (CFE) by ACFE.

Andy McDonald


Andy McDonald retired from the Metropolitan Police Service in January 2017, after over 30 years’ service. He has extensive overt and covert investigative experience in all ranks as a detective and Financial Investigator, where he led a number of high profile fraud, money laundering and organised crime investigations.

Following a significant period in covert operations, he returned to the MPS Serious and Organised Crime Command where he was Head of the MPS Fraud Investigation and Prevention, Arts and Antiques and the Gaming Unit. He designed, negotiated funding and implemented the current MPS Fraud and Cyber crime operating model – Operation FALCON.

Andy achieved his MBA qualification through Strathclyde University (SGBS). His dissertation explored the effects of constant technological and legal changes to client relationships in bespoke areas of the regulated sector. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management.

Andy completed his last 3 policing years, holding Command positions in Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command where he was Head of Specialist Investigations. His portfolio included the UK National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit (NTFIU) and Joint Border Force cash seizure teams.

Since retiring, Andy has acted as a subject matter expert and speaker for a range of organisations in respect of critical incident management, terrorist funding and illicit finance. He has co-authored and presented on a range of ACAMS webinars.

Mark Turkington


Mark is the current Global Head of AML Investigations for HSBC and has worked in the Financial Services Industry for over 15 years. Prior to his current role, Mark served as the UK Head of Sanctions for HSBC.

Before joining HSBC, Mark held senior management positions in the global Financial Crime Risk function with the National Australia Bank in Australia.

Mark was a faculty member and lecturer on the joint ICA/AFMA (Australian Financial Markets Association) Diploma course in Applied Anti-Money Laundering, and is currently completing his PhD research into the effectiveness of financial sector engagement in international financial crime countermeasures.

Speaker Faculty

Sophie Bahgat


Sophie Bahgat is a senior AML specialist at Swedish middle sized bank Skandiabanken. Sophie was previously a financial supervisor at the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) where she represented the FSA in FATF and also served as the FSA’s project leader in the recent FATF Mutual Evaluation of Sweden. Previous to that Sophie was responsible for the AML/CFT surveillance at Nordnet Bank in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

Lene Baltzarsen
  • Lene Baltzarsen

  • Head of Business Risk Management for Group AML & Sanctions
  • Nordea (DK)


Lene Baltzarsen holds an M.Sc. from the University of Copenhagen and have worked with risk management, compliance, AML and CTF for several years in small, mid-sized and large financial institutions in different positions. She started her career within management and on-boarding of online trading customers from multiple jurisdictions and is currently working in Nordea, the largest Nordic bank, as responsible for Business Risk Management in Group AML and Sanctions. As part of this responsibility, Lene is a member of the financial crime steering committee and the Group AML and sanctions executive management team, where she is also an executive advisor within Business Risk Management.

Rajan Basra
  • Rajan Basra

  • Research Fellow
  • International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (UK)


Rajan Basra is a Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR). His research focuses on the crime-terror nexus and on the criminal backgrounds of European jihadists. Rajan is also completing his PhD at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.

Prior to joining ICSR, Rajan travelled independently for over three years through Latin America, the Middle East, and South Asia. He has also worked professionally to plan expeditions and community projects throughout the developing world.

Gavin Peniston-Bird
  • Gavin Peniston-Bird

  • Senior Manager,FIU-Law Enforcement Outreach and Investigations
  • Ireland and the Nordic countries, Western Union (IRE)


Gavin Peniston-Bird is a Senior Manager within the Financial Intelligence Unit – Law Enforcement and Outreach department overseeing Ireland and the Nordic region. Gavin is based in the Dublin office in Ireland where he maintains relationships with Law Enforcement Agencies within his area of responsibility specializing in Counter Terrorism, Human Trafficking and Child exploitation. With these special relationships he is able to support our Global Intelligence units with any dynamic requests. Prior to joining the FIU, Gavin rolled out the Global Fraud Program across the European region to promote consumer protection and prevention. He joined Western Union after 30 years as a career Detective at New Scotland Yard within the Metropolitan Police in London, UK, specializing in covert policing against Serious and Organized criminal gangs.

Rut Gunnarsdóttir


Rut is Head of Compliance at Íslandsbanki hf. which is one of the three largest Banks in Iceland and is listed in the Nasdaq Iceland Stock Exchange. As Head of Compliance, Rut is responsible for measures against Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing, supervision deriving from the EU´s Market in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) as well as being responsible for compliance duties deriving from the EU´s Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). Rut has been with Compliance at Íslandsbanki since 2010. The Compliance unit carries out its role with surveillance, education and consultation. Education of the Bank´s personnel is an extensive part of the unit´s communication with business managers and an effective way of implementing preventative measures and culture within the business side.

Prior to joining Íslandsbanki, Rut was with the Financial Supervisory Authority in Iceland for 8 years where she worked as a lawyer in supervision with securities, pension and insurance markets. In her last years with the FSA she led the securities enforcement team. She was the FSA´s representative in CESR-POL and CESR Review Panel.

Rut holds a law degree from the University of Iceland and is a member of the Icelandic Bar Association. She is a certified securities broker and has an MBA from UIBS, Barcelona, with investment banking as her specialty.

Adam Hadley
  • Adam Hadley

  • Project Director
  • Tech Against Terrorism Project (UK)

Mikael Karlsson


Mikael Karlsson has worked within the financial industry for almost 15 years. He has a L.L.M from the University of Stockholm as has held several positions within the legal and compliance field during these years. Mikael’s first job was at the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority. He then moved on to different positions within Nordic Based Investment Firms and Investment Banks. Before joining Klarna he was responsible for the compliance function at American Express in the Nordics. At Klarna, the most famous FinTech unicorn in the Nordics, he is responsible for the Global Compliance Function.

Susanna Mills


Susanna Mills is AML Business Analyst at OP Financial Group, the largest financial group in Finland. She has a more than eight years’ experience in a vast array of AFC duties including risk assessments and developing transaction monitoring systems. Prior to joining OP this August, Susanna worked as a Compliance Officer at S-Bank Ltd for the past eight years and led various development projects related to AFC. She holds a Msc in Business Administration from Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki.



Mrs. Samantha Sheen is a financial crime risk professional who recently completed work with a global insurer based in Milan, Italy, where she focused on enhancing its financial crime measures across offices in three continents.

Mrs. Sheen previously worked as the inaugural director of the Financial Crime Division for the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. She joined the Commission in 2010 as its first legal counsel. Prior to joining the Commission, Mrs. Sheen worked as legal counsel for various financial companies both in Canada and Australia. While in Sydney, Australia, Mrs. Sheen worked with a large accountancy firm in its compliance advisory team before moving to Guernsey. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Mrs. Sheen started her legal career in Toronto in the late 1990s.

Moreover, Mrs. Sheen holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration, an LLB and a master’s degree in risk management. She is a member of ACAMS and is a graduate of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies program. Mrs. Sheen’s particular area of interest is in relation to the effectiveness of risk management and mitigation measures in influencing changes in staff behavior and culture within financial institutions.

Morten Morch Sorensen
  • Morten Mørch Sørensen

  • Department manager
  • Head of unit Anti-Fraud in the Danish Tax administration, SKAT (DK)


Mr Sørensen has served 39 Years in the Danish Tax Administration, spending the last 12 years in economic crime.

Mr Sørensen’s responsibilities within economic crime include, subcontractor fraud, international fraud, money laundering, police cooperation and other complex fraud cases.

Mr Sørensen is a member of the Interdepartmental Money Laundering Group, and has participated, as a representative from the Danish TAX and custom administration, in the FATF mutual evaluation of the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing measures of Denmark.

George Stein
  • George Stein

  • GTB and Fintech Executive
  • Redbird Consulting (UK)


George Stein is a Transaction Banking and Fintech executive with over 30 years of experience, ranging from product development to consultative sales, business development and organisational change.

In senior banking roles George has first-hand experience with risk, legal, regulatory, and compliance issues. In Fintech, George has had roles in client management and product marketing, covering financial messaging and payments processing, and using AI to more effectively filter and monitor transactions.

Most recently, George worked with UniCredit to establish a GTB business platform in London, focusing on trade finance and cash management. He is now engaged in consulting activities around working capital management, Fintech business development, regulatory change, and re-engineering business and operational processes.

George likes to explain and ‘de-mystify’ complex concepts and jargon. He is a German speaker, has travelled the world, and has lived and worked in New York, Frankfurt and London, which he now calls home.

Hakan Svensson
  • Hakan Svensson

  • Head of Compliance
  • Collector Bank (SE)


Håkan Svensson is Head of Compliance at Collector Bank, a fast-growing digital bank. He started working in the financial sector in 2012 and before joining the position at Collector Bank, he was managing the compliance function in a global payment institute, responsible for the market in the five Nordic countries. The step into the private sector was taken after a long career within the Swedish Police and the Swedish National Economic Crime Authority. He has an extensive legal experience working with Compliance/AML and professional experience from investigating financing of terrorism and financial crimes.

Joosep Vahtras


Joosep Vahtras is the Compliance officer at Algorise-Capital, an alternative investment fund specialising in FX trading. He has been working within innovative financial services since 2011 and is an early adopter of virtual currencies.

Joosep previously worked as Compliance officer at Coinify ApS, the biggest blockchain exchange and payment service provider in Europe. He has 3 years’ experience in monitoring and investigating fraudulent and illicit activity on the Bitcoin blockchain.

Ulrika Valassi


After working more than 25 years in the financial sector, Ulrika Valassi has solid competencies in risk assessment, credit management, corporate governance and management of financial structures. Ulrika has been responsible for the safeguarding an efficient functioning of banks’ credit processes by leading credit department and chairing credit committees, handling internal control management of credit processes from initiation to full repayment/workout, revealing problems and bottlenecks of organizations, pushing organizations through change processes, and successfully building up as well as discontinuing operations with dignity and respect. Today Ulrika is head of credits of a new, innovative financial lending enterprise combined with working as a board member of a number of boards.

Giancarlo Vucchi


Giancarlo Vucchi is a senior officer of the Italian Guardia di Finanza with the rank of Lt. Colonel, currently working as Project Manager of TFTP (Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme) at Europol – Operations Directorate, Counterterrorism and Financial Intelligence.

Mr Vucchi has an extensive experience as Head of Guardia di Finanza investigative Units in Italy, with responsibilities in investigating tax issues, financial crimes, money laundering and terrorism financing.

He has gained a long-standing international and interagency experience: he served as Head of the Strategic Analysis section of the Intelligence and International Relations Department at the Guardia di Finanza General Headquarters , as well as Guardia di Finanza liaison Officer to the Italian MoI International Relations Service.

He was appointed as Short Term Expert (STE) in the PHARE pre-accession Anti money laundering Twinning Projects between Italy and Romania (2005) and between Italy and Turkey (2004-2006)

Mr Vucchi has experiences from international missions: he served as Head of the Financial Intelligence Cell within the Central Intelligence Unit (CIU) of UNMIK (United Nations Mission in Kosovo) Police.

He has been invited as speaker and lecturer for many conferences and international courses organized by tax Administrations, international organizations, law enforcement and judicial authorities in the field of international cooperation in the fight against financial and economic crimes, money laundering and terrorism financing.

He earned the “Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist” designation from ACAMS.

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